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92 in the shade

Books for summer reading -- We list 92 books you should consider for the upcoming season

FICTION Martin Amis *London Fields & (Harmony Books, $19.95) A lengthy apocalyptic fantasy by the official bad boy of British literature. C

Nicholson Baker *Room Temperature (Grove Weidenfeld, $15.95) A slim and intensely funny novel about one man's musings while feeding his baby. A

Max Allan Collins and Dick Locher, eds. *The Dick Tracy Casebook: Favorite Adventures 1931-1990 (St. Martin's, $15.95) Six decades of Tracy. A

Vicki Covington *Bird of Paradise (Simon & Schuster, $18.95) An aging Southern widow copes with early-blooming daffodils and late-blooming romance. A-

Gabriella de Ferrari *A Cloud on Sand (Knopf, $19.95) A flawlessly civilized, intelligent, and graceful first novel. A

Dominick Dunne *An Inconvenient Woman (Crown, $19.95) Dunne's most recent chronicle of well-heeled heels. B

Carol Emshwiller *Carmen Dog (Mercury House, $15.95) A tart combination of imaginative energy, feminist outrage, and sheer literary muscle. A

Barbara Gowdy *Falling Angels (Soho Press, $18.95) Ignored by their abusive father and whiskey-addled mother (who tossed her first baby over Niagara Falls), the three Field daughters raise each other. A-

Jessica Hagedorn *Dogeaters (Pantheon, $19.95) No nonfiction book is likely to capture the cultural psychosis of the Philippines nearly as well as this exceptional novel about growing up there. A

Judith Hawkes *Julian's House (Ticknor & Fields, $18.95) Two parapsychologists find ghosts and each other in an old New England house. B+

Michael Herr *Walter Winchell (Knopf, $18.95) In his first book of fiction, Herr (Dispatches) creates a new form-the screenplay as novel. A

Stephen King *The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition (Doubleday, $24.95) Restores the 150,000 words cut from the original 1978 edition. A-

Hanif Kureishi *The Buddha of Suburbia (Viking, $18.95) Urgent news from multicultural Lon-don by the author of the screenplays for My Beautiful Laundrette and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid. B

Lynn Lauber *White Girls (Norton, $17.95) A '60s adolescence in a racially divided Ohio town. B+

Jane Leavy *Squeeze Play (Doubleday, $18.95) The best baseball novel ever written? Maybe. A

Mark Leyner *My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist (Harmony Books, $7.95) Most current fiction is as well-made and exciting as floral wallpaper, but here is a writer willing to decorate the room with the contents of his own dynamited head. B+

Robert Ludlum *The Bourne Ultimatum (Random House, $21.95) The Cold War is Bourne again. C

Armistead Maupin *Sure of You (Harper & Row, $18.95) The sixth and final novel in Maupin's Tales of the City series. B+

Sue Miller *Family Pictures (Harper & Row, $19.95) An ordinary Chicago family with an autistic child-a loving, suffering family that endures and tries to learn. A

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